Symphony for Our World

This Earth Day (April 22), Nat Geo WILD is airing a special commercial-free musical event, Symphony for Our World. It’s a beautiful hour-long special that has zero narration, and pairs breathtaking wildlife footage with original music created by rock band X Ambassadors + Hans Zimmer’s Bleeding Fingers Music. It airs Sunday the 22nd at 8/7 Central time.

It’s breathtakingly beautiful, not just in images but the music pulls you through as we visit the 5 places unique to our earth. We start in the sea, with underwater creatures that will capture your imagination, and then move on towards the shore, land, mountains, and eventually, the sky. There are animals you may never have seen before, and sights that are hard to believe are real.

Revillagigedo, Mexico – Here, whitetip reef sharks, Pacific creolefish, barberfish, and Moorish idols populate the reef in this rich, sea habitat. (ENRIC SALA/National Geographic Creative)

You can even see the symphony in person in certain venues around the world! An inaugural performance will be held at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall on Earth Day, April 22. For performance dates and ticket information, visit natgeoevents.com/symphony. I can only imagine how beautiful the music would be performed live!

Another way that you can participate is by joining the conversation on social media. Nat Geo WILD is partnering with the National Geographic Photo Ark for this Earth Day event. Founded by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the Photo Ark aims to document every species currently living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. Share your selfies on social media with the hashtag #SaveTogether.

You can learn more at PhotoArk.org, there are many ways to help.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania – A small herd of giraffe trek their way across a plain, backlit by a multi-colored sunset (MICHAEL NICHOLS/National Geographic Creative)

Tune in and enjoy the beauty of our planet this Earth Day. You will be so happy that you did.

This entry was posted in tv.

The Sibley Guide to Birds #ChewyInfluencer

I received this item free of charge from Chewy in exchange for my honest review.

Spring is finally arriving in my part of the world, and with it, the return of many birds! Because we usually have a lot of snow and cold winters, a lot of birds leave for warmer climates before making a return when the weather warms. Robins are always the first to come back, but there are many birds that we see that we haven’t known the names of. Luckily all that can change this season as we look at the birds with our new guide, The Sibley Guide to Birds!

This guide is amazing, beautifully illustrated, and full of information. I love how each page has a map showing where you can see each species. This is a book that covers all the birds in the world, so you could certainly take it with you on a trip! From the birds we see all the time, to the very rare species, they are all included. I also like that it includes information about their behaviors, and their habitats.

If you are looking to get into bird watching, be sure to visit Chewy to find this volume and other great books to help get you started.

Dolphins: Voices in the Ocean

Dolphins have always fascinated me, so when we got offered a review copy of the book Dolphins: Voices in the Ocean, I was very excited to read it.

There is something about dolphins that capture our imagination, and if you are anything like me, you want to learn more about them. This book, based on her adult book, is aimed for younger readers (10 & up), but it is certainly enjoyable and interesting for adults as well.

Susan Casey introduces us to the dolphins that she has been studying over a two year period. She looks at the lives of wild dolphins in places like Maui, and even Ireland. Through her adventures in seeking out these beautiful beings, we get a look into their complex social systems, their navigation abilities, and playfulness.

I was so interested to learn about how far back the human dolphin connection really goes. Sadly, the book also touches on the threats that are affecting dolphins today, including noise pollution and more. Hopefully we can do something to ensure that these intelligent and playful dolphins will survive.

The book is easy to read, and even comes with an 8 page photo insert that shows various types of dolphins. It would be a great book for any child (or adult) interested in learning more about dolphins, sea life, or science.

The Secret Life of Crows

Many people don’t realize just how amazingly smart crows are. This infographic from Capital Garden Services looks at just how smart and it makes for a really interesting read. Many believe they are just as smart as dolphins and apes which really is incredible.

Some of you may be familiar with how well crows adapt and even in the modern world we have built, they can figure out ways to do amazing things. For example, when a crow wants to break a nut they will often drop it in front of a car, so the car will roll over it for them. They then collect the nut when the light goes read and it’s safe to do so!

Crows also have extremely elaborate social behavior and can raise their young for up to five years. This is very long not only birds but for the majority of species in the animal kingdom. Check out the full infographic now for more information.

Kaytee Cuddle-E Cup Review #ChewyInfluencer

I received this item free of charge from Chewy in exchange for my honest review.

It’s not always easy to find things that are made for hedgehogs. Yes, they are still quiet uncommon little pets! But luckily a lot of items for other small pets can also work with hedgehogs. Today we are talking about the Kaytee Cuddle-E Cup that you can find on Chewy (one of our favorite places to stock up on all things for our pets).

Yuki is a snuggler, so I knew that she would enjoy the soft inside of the cup a lot. It did not disappoint! Once she did all of her sniffing, she settled right in.

It’s a little large for her cage, but I liked that there is a clip on the back to help hold it stationary in a cage. We have it in her play area, and she likes getting in and taking a break in it. I think this would actually be an amazing addition to a ferret cage (my ferret would have LOVED it).

Also, it’s machine washable, which is a must because we all know that it’s going to get messy. The fabric is also really durable, even Yuki’s sharp little teeth didn’t put a hole in it. And she had a good chew on it too!

An awesome small pet product for sure! Learn more about it here.

Heat Storm Review

We were provided with a Heat Storm heater in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are our own.

You may be wondering why we would be reviewing a space heater on a pet blog, but we have a very good reason for it! Hedgehogs have specific heat requirements, and in our house we have found the best and easiest way for us to get Yuki the warmth she needs is by using a space heater in “her room”.

Birds also benefit from warmer homes, as do many other smaller pets. Since you might not want to heat up your entire home, like us, a space heater can be a great solution.

We were excited to get a chance to try out this space heater, especially when we saw two very important features!

It’s safe to touch, even on the grill, which is important if you have pets running around. And secondly, you can mount it on the wall up off the floor away from pets or people!

What we love about it:

  • Option to mount on the wall is perfect for pet spaces, or other places where you don’t want a heater on the floor.
  • It runs like your house thermostat, so it will tell you the temperature of the air, and it will run to keep the heat where you set it.
  • It’s energy efficient. This is a big deal if you need to run it as much as we run ours.
  • Quieter than the other model we were using.
  • Easy to set up and run. It even comes with a remote!
  • Has reusable filters. We love that you can just clean them instead of needing to replace them.

We tried the Wave model, and have been pleased with it in the room we are using it in. The room is about 10X11 feet, and the heater does a good job keeping it at about 75F. Like I mentioned, hedgehogs need warmth of about 73-80 degrees. It’s good to know what your pet likes of course, as some will prefer it on the cooler side, while others will like it hot! Since we don’t want to keep our entire house that warm, the space heater is a great alternative.

They do offer larger models if you have bigger rooms. To learn more and see all the models, be sure to visit the Heat Storm website.

This entry was posted in reviews.